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Published January 9, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — One of the most debated topics of conversation in Macomb Township for 2016 will return in 2017.

While previewing what’s to come for the Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department this year, Parks Director Sal DiCaro said creating a dog park for the township could again be a priority.

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Published January 9, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Conflicting competency exams for a Macomb Township woman charged with second-degree murder have brought into question whether her case could go to trial.

Julie Kay Chimelak, 62, is charged after the fatal shooting death of her husband, Ronald Chimelak, 75, on Nov. 25, 2015.

After few developments took place in the case over the past year, Chimelak appeared in the Shelby Township 41-A district court Jan. 5 for a review hearing.

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Published January 9, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A three-person committee tasked with reviewing the processes of the single waste hauling bids and proposals during the summer of 2015 reported no irregularities during a Jan. 5 meeting.

Macomb Township trustees Nancy Nevers and Tim Bussineau, plus Treasurer Karen Goodhue, said during the committee’s Jan. 5 meeting that they did not discover any deviations from typical processes prior to the selection of Rizzo as the township waste hauler in 2015.

Supervisor Janet Dunn created the committee during a Nov. 21 Board of Trustees meeting.

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Published January 9, 2017

DETROIT — Detroit’s engines are revved up as it welcomes back the North American International Auto Show, a touchstone and frequent showcase for new developments in the auto industry, to Cobo Center.

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Published January 4, 2017

METRO DETROIT — This past year, the region, especially Macomb County, and specifically the city of Warren, proved to be a pivotal campaign stop for U.S. presidential hopefuls Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and John Kasich, as all four candidates held rallies there in hopes of becoming the next commander-in-chief.

The candidates spoke about the economy, the automotive industry, education, health care, foreign policy, immigration and more to local residents, including supporters and protesters.

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Published January 3, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — “I think we have allowed corruption to start coming into the township.”

While reviewing the events of 2016 in Macomb Township, the parting words former Macomb Township Clerk Michael Koehs said following his resignation announcement in early May proved to be prophetic for what would take place in the following months.

Koehs died from cancer Aug. 8 — two months before news broke that a pair of trustees in Macomb Township were cited for allegedly participating in illegal activity.

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Published January 3, 2017

Here’s a look back at some of the most interesting and bizarre crime briefs from across C & G’s coverage area:


Dandelion distraction
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 7:31 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, a caller in the 46400 block of Hayes Road, near 21 Mile Road, reported seeing a man in a work coat and a knit hat crawling around in the grass. Police located the man and learned that he was just getting some young dandelion whites for his salad.


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Published December 28, 2016

NEW BALTIMORE — A 37-year old man from Columbiaville in Lapeer County has been arraigned and charged with first-degree murder in connection to the August death of a 38-year old Macomb Township woman.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that Jeremiah James Boshell is facing four charges related to the killing, and was arraigned Dec. 19 in the 42nd District Court of New Baltimore.

In addition to the first-degree murder charge, Boshell faces counts of intentionally causing a miscarriage by assaulting a pregnant individual and two felony firearms charges.

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Published December 28, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Department of Roads informed residents Dec. 20 that it plans to widen a stretch of 23 Mile Road, from North Avenue to just west of Fairchild Road, this upcoming summer.

Residents were invited to hear about the project and its impact on local property during a public meeting Dec. 20, and Bob Hoepfner, director of the Department of Roads, said the work was welcomed with open arms by residents who live on 23 Mile.

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Published December 28, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After again being urged by residents at the start of a Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting Dec. 21, township officials informed residents of the progress they’ve made regarding road safety measures near the location of several schools at Heydenreich and 21 Mile roads.

The board announced that it received an estimate from DTE for the cost of installing 87 street lights along Heydenreich from Hall to 22 Mile roads, and along 21 Mile, from Romeo Plank to Card roads.

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Published December 26, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Sterling Heights resident Donald DeVolder is the first to admit he wasn’t always an academic.

Test taking and completing homework assignments weren’t exactly his forte.

But the 35-year-old definitely had it in him, and he proved his collegiate abilities by being named the Most Distinguished Graduate for the fall semester at Macomb Community College.

“I was quite shocked and excited,” DeVolder said. “I just kind of stood there for a moment.”

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Published December 21, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP— The Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education recently moved one step closer to finalizing its application for proposing a new bond program which would raise taxes by 0.5 mills for district residents in Clinton and Macomb townships.

On Dec. 5, the board passed a preliminary resolution relating to the bond issue to show the bond program’s scope of work.

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Published December 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — More than 2,000 years later, the story of Hanukkah continues to inspire local Jews to celebrate and reflect as archaeologists and scholars expound on clues about a major subject of the festival, the Second Jewish Temple.

The eight-day Hanukkah festival, which begins on different dates of the Western calendar each year, starts this year at sundown Dec. 24. Jewish families often celebrate the festival by lighting menorahs, eating latkes and jelly doughnuts, playing a dreidel game, opening gifts and more.

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Published December 16, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Warren Mayor Jim Fouts has asked Michigan’s attorney general to investigate what he has called “illegal dumping” at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights and how a construction project he said damaged an existing landfill at the site was approved.

In a letter dated Dec. 14, the mayor also asked Attorney General Bill Schuette to look into the relationship between the contractor, Dan’s Excavating, and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel.

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Published December 15, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — A 78-year old Macomb Township man was sentenced Dec. 14 to 50-180 months in prison.

Donald Miller received his sentence from Macomb County Circuit Court Judge James Biernat. A jury found Miller guilty of manslaughter Nov. 4 following the Feb. 16, 2015 fatal shooting death of a 31-year old Pontiac man.

He also received a two-year sentence for a felony firearms charge.

Miller is the great-grandfather to three of the victim’s children, who the victim had with Miller’s granddaughter.

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Published December 14, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The number of full-time firefighters in Macomb Township is about to triple.

During a Dec. 7 Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting, Fire Chief Robert Phillips got the go-ahead to extend employment offers for 11 full-time firefighting positions.

It is the first wave of full-time hires after a committee recommended in June to recruit more personnel to the department.

At that time, the department had seven full-time staff, including a deputy 2nd chief, and 48 paid on-call and auxiliary positions.

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Published December 14, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The mother of a Dakota High School student who was recently killed while walking to school has spoken out about the need for safety improvements along Heydenreich Road, near the campuses of several schools at 21 Mile Road. 

Amber Markel, a Macomb Township resident, spoke during a Dec. 5 Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education meeting and a Dec. 7 Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting.

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Published December 14, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A Macomb County Circuit Court judge recently sentenced a former Chippewa Valley High School teacher found guilty of four counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

On Nov. 17, Judge Jennifer Faunce sentenced Christopher David Cowles, 25, of Clinton Township, to at least five years and up to 15 years in prison.

Cowles was arrested and charged Feb. 19, 2015, by Clinton Township police after having sexual contact with a female student who was 17 years old at the time of Cowles’ arrest, but 16 years old at the time of the incident.

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Published December 10, 2016

With holiday baking underway in households across metro Detroit, we asked our readers to share some of their favorite Christmas cookie recipes.
Here's what we've gotten so far. Do you have one that we should include?
Click here to submit your own recipe, and we'll add it to the list.

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Published December 8, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — During his Dec. 7 State of the County address, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel touted the ongoing momentum that’s continually bringing new life into the area.

He noted how the Make Macomb Your Home initiative has birthed a vitality in the county that was once considered lagging.

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